Imagine living your life without being able to express your needs...
Jessica is 21 years old, has autism and is nonverbal. When Jessica was 18 months old, she was able to say a few words but lost that ability when she was about two years old. At the age of five she began learning a form of sign language, but it was an exhaustive process. The signs were customized to Jessica, so unless someone was trained to use her signs, that person could not communicate with her. Jessica has experienced a great deal of frustration and distress because of her inability to clearly communicate.
Skills of Central Pennsylvania Inc. (Skills) supports Jessica in one of our community homes and at our adult day program. A few months ago, a grant from Skills Foundation provided an iPad for Jessica. Skills Foundation promotes the mission of Skills by providing funds for medical care, and customized equipment and services needed for people with disabilities supported by Skills programs.
Jessica’s transformation has been nothing short of miraculous. For the first time in her life, Jessica can communicate just as effectively as you and I. Her iPad functions as a communication device and offers other therapeutic benefits for Jessica. She is more aware of her emotions and is able to manage them with her own self-soothing techniques. For example, when Jessica is sad or misses her family, she views home videos of herself dancing with her mom and sister at her prom. She also watches her high school graduation to calm herself when she feels anxious. Her favorite books are downloaded and the words light up and speak to her. Jessica now enjoys learning.
As we look forward to sharing the holidays with those dearest to us, all of us at Skills and Skills Foundation wish to express our gratitude. The support we receive from donors like you makes it possible to enhance the lives of people with disabilities, including Jessica.
Please consider a gift to Skills Foundation as part of your holiday giving this season. No gift is too small and as always, your gift is tax deductible.
Yours in Gratitude,
Wendy Pardee, PhD
President/CEO, Skills of Central Pennsylvania, Inc.
Pamela C. Long
Foundation Director, Skills Foundation
Leadership Legacy Created in Honor of Past Skills President
In recognition of Dr. David M. (Mike) Rice’s service and commitment to Skills of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. (Skills), Skills Board of Directors and Foundation Board have introduced an opportunity to further the future of Skills Foundation through a legacy society in honor of the past president/CEO of Skills of Central Pennsylvania, Inc.
The David M. Rice Leadership Legacy Fund will be utilized to provide seed money to invest in the Skills Foundation and promote the future of Skills services.
For more information on the Leadership Legacy Fund or to set up your contribution, please contact Pam Long, Skills Foundation Director at 814-238-3245 ext 313 or email@example.com.